Coalition for Environmental Justice in India has demanded Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to a public enquiry so those behind the murder of Ajit Maneshwar Naik, a popular Environmental and RTI Activist, who was brutally murdered in Dandeli in Uttara Karnataka on July 27th July. Ajit worked tirelessly to expose various environmental and social crimes and to bring justice to tribals, workers and those impacted by the extensive pollution of Kali river and stop the destruction of the valley’s forests. Ajit was passionate about the conservation of Hornbills.
Accusing that various powerful forces are behind the ongoing destruction of this ecologically fragile and socially diverse district, they said that they believe their brazen and illegal operations are the direct outcome of a colossal failure in governance and the rule of law.
Seeking Chief Minister to take steps to constitute a Joint Legislature Committee that will over see ongoing investigation into Ajit Naik’s murder and bring to light forces responsible for this death, it demanded to identify clear steps to end the cycle of violence in the district and the prevailing culture of secrecy in decision making that encourages such violence.
The Coalition sought to hold public hearings in Dandeli and other parts of the district to gather evidence of the environmental violations rampant in the district and prepare a report on lines of the A T Ramaswamy Committee and suggest ways for safeguarding the social and ecological security of the people of the district and for promoting holistic and inclusive development in the region.